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Samantha Bee’s show Full Frontal featured a segment dedicated to the Iraq War and what, if anything, we have learned in the 15 years since. Near the end (4:44 in the video), she addressed how the rumored new national security advisor, John R. Bolton, could make America repeat history. This time with Iran instead of Iraq. The next day, the White House replaced H.R. McMaster with John R. Bolton as national security advisor. This makes Bolton the third hawkish national security advisor in the Trump administration. Not… Read more
At the turn of the 20th century, the most popular piece in a woman’s wardrobe was the shirtwaist. A gauzy blouse made of cotton or linen, it mimicked a man’s shirt, albeit one decorated with lace or embroidery, and often featured bell sleeves. It was, in the words of a 1902 Good Housekeeping article, “simple, inexpensive, useful, practical, [and] universally becoming.” Wearing one brought “freedom of body and elasticity of spirit,” and as such, “profoundly affected the lives and customs of women.”This wasn’t mere… Read more
Chrissy Teigen Claps Back At Critics Asking Why She Didn’t Take Her Husband’s Name Supermodel and queen of Twitter Chirsy Teigen responded to a tweet asking why women don’t take their husbands’ last names. Teigen, who is married to John Legend, said, “My husband didn’t even take his last name?” Billboard writes that she was referring to the fact that her husband’s real surname is Stephens. She followed up after more criticism with, “You’ll never understand the simple reason of ‘because I don’t want to?'" Iconic. Senate… Read more
Wes Anderson’s new film Isle Of Dogs is undoubtedly exquisite. With a literal all-star voice cast, gorgeous stop-motion animation brings the beautiful story to life. It’s a story about love, trust, loyalty, and outcasts. Isle Of Dogs ambitiously political. It’s a story of good boys, or boys who didn’t know they were good all along. Just the boys, though. The film fails to grow beyond the white, male lens that is the status quo for American cinema. The female characters, both canine and human, exist mainly in their… Read more

Krysten Ritter On The Emotional Toll Of Playing Jessica Jones

By BUST Magazine  In TV  On Mar 23, 2018

Krysten Ritter is returning to Netflix as Jessica Jones, and her role is more resonant than ever. Here, she opens up about managing her money, managing Jessica’s emotional toll, and managing a career that’s always “a little dangerous” By Sara Benincasa // Photos by Michael LavineStyling by Jardine Hammond // Makeup By Amy Nadine Clement // Hair by Pamela Neal Krysten Ritter is a badass. Yes, so is Jessica Jones, the iconic Marvel character she wonderfully inhabits on the hit Netflix series of the same name, which… Read more

Hollywood Has A Long History Of Political Activism

By Jill Zwarensteyn  In Movies  On Mar 23, 2018

Today’s Hollywood landscape seems to combine just as much political activism as it does entertainment. This year’s Oscar ceremony had viewership at an all-time low, which some claimed had to do with the heightened political and social messages surrounding the awards ceremony in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements against workplace sexual harassment and assault. Attendees and awards-winners also discussed topics including racism, immigration rights, gender equality, and LGBTQ rights. Regardless of whether or… Read more

Why Are There So Many Headless Women In Hollywood?

By Lydia Wang  In Movies  On Mar 22, 2018

Hollywood, as the past year in particular has established, is ripe with sexism. Writer, comedian, and musician Marcia Belsky decided to highlight the casual objectification of women in film through the simple yet horrifying representations of women (and, well, lack thereof) on movie posters. And thus, the Headless Women of Hollywood Project was born. “By decapitating the woman, or fragmenting her body into decontextualized sexual parts, she becomes an unquestionably passive object to the male gaze,” Belsky wrote on the… Read more
Terra Lopez — leading lady of the band Rituals of Mine, the label Bitchwave, and the art installation called THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE — is a powerhouse who is changing not only the music industry but any community she touches. Her passion for elevating women and fostering growth in the community is making a huge impact across the nation. In today's culture, it is so necessary for people with platforms to use them in way that sheds light on important issues. We sat down with Lopez to talk about the important work she… Read more
The legendary comedian who brought us Leslie Knope is directing her first movie. FINALLY! The cast is an actual dream team of SNL alumni. Oh, and it’s about friendships and booze. Could we be more excited? Wine Country follows a group of gal pals as they vacation in Napa to celebrate someone’s 50th birthday. The Hollywood Reporter writes that it is coming soon to Netflix. The cast includes Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, and Tina Fey. Spivey co-wrote Wine Country with… Read more

Week Of Women: March 23-29, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In TV  On Mar 22, 2018

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us the return of Santa Clarita Diet, new music by Sunflower Bean, and more. Plus, catch our April/May issue with cover gal Samira Wiley on newsstands beginning Tuesday, March 26 — you can read a sneak peek here. MOVIES Beauty and the Dogs Tunisian woman director Kaouther Ben Hania’s new movie follows college student Mariam (Mariam Al Ferjani) as she looks for help after being raped by cops at a college party but finds only victim-blaming. Out Friday, March 23. Roxanne… Read more
Ava DuVernay Assembles A Third Season of Women Directors for Queen Sugar The upcoming season of DuVernay’s show is directed entirely by women, just as seasons 1 and 2 were. The Root writes that the Golden Globe-nominated director has always prioritized women’s voices. “If Game of Thrones can have three seasons of all-male directors, why can’t we have three seasons of all-women directors?” asked DuVernay before season 2 of Queen Sugar. Was The Austin Bomber A “Challenged Young Man” Or A “Terrorist?” No One Would Be… Read more

Send Us Your BUST Memories For Our 25th Anniversary Issue!

By Lydia Wang  In Living  On Mar 22, 2018

We’ve got some exciting news: this year, BUST turns 25! For our upcoming birthday issue this summer, we’re collecting all sorts of stories about what BUST has meant to you over the years. Whether you’ve read every issue front to back or just found us recently, we want to celebrate our magazine and the people who love it. How did you first hear about us? Was there a cover story you absolutely loved? Which article totally changed you? Send your submissions, thoughts, and confessions of any length to letters@bust.com by… Read more
You probably recognize her from Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet or Marvel’s Inhumans, but Liv Hewson is so not the walking dead — from acting to practicing aerial silks, she’s a “wandering enigma” of talent. As a bright and energetic 22-year-old, the up-and-coming Australian actor demands your attention with her big smile and bigger heart. She sat down with BUST to discuss relationships, the woes and wonder of being a teenager, and the importance of acting like a feminist. In Santa Clarita Diet, Liv plays Abby, the… Read more
The Smithsonian Moves Michelle Obama Portrait Due To High Demand The portrait has been moved to a bigger gallery in the Smithsonian “for a more spacious viewing experience,” CNN reports. In February, the month the Obama portraits were acquired, the Smithsonian saw 176,700 visitors—making it their best month in three years.Austin Bomber Commits Suicide CNN reports that the suspect in the Austin, TX bombings has committed suicide. The suspect had recently been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, a 24-year-old white… Read more
Genieve Figgis is an Irish artist known for both the boldness of her colors and the boldness of her brushstrokes. BUST features her in the upcoming April/May magazine in “Parting Glance.” Genieve Figgis, Acrylic on canvas Figgis always knew she wanted to be an artist, but attended art school at the age of 30 after starting a family, according to an interview with Broadly. Proof that it’s never too late to pursue your passion. She got her big break when she posted her work on social media, and the galleries caught up… Read more
Samira Wiley first captured our hearts playing fan favorite character Poussey (that’s accent à droite, bitch) on Orange Is The New Black. When she left the show, we were brokenhearted — until we learned that her next role was playing Moira, a badass revolutionary who fights against the oppressive, patriarchal society of Gilead on Hulu’s the Handmaid’s Tale. We’re excited to announce that Samira is our April/May 2018 cover gal — read a sneak peek of our ten-page cover story below, and catch the issue on newsstands… Read more

Why I Needed "A Wrinkle In Time"

By Carrie McClain  In Movies  On Mar 21, 2018

When buying movie tickets for A Wrinkle in Time for my mom and I, I feared I might be too far removed from the book I loved once to open my heart to the film adaptation by Ava DuVernay. Am I too old, too jaded to receive whatever the message would be? I read the book when I was in the fourth or fifth grade and loved it. Had I changed? I was wrong. I need you to know that I cried throughout this whole, entire film. From wiping away a few silent tears to openly sobbing into my sweatshirt, hoping no one noticed me. Why… Read more

Your Inside Guide To Treefort Music Fest 2018

By Janeth Gonda  In Music  On Mar 21, 2018

We are so excited to be attending the seventh annual Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho! The festival, which can be compared to SXSW, spreads across the entire city of Boise, featuring over 450 bands in the best venues across the city. Throughout the five days, there is a number of things to do beyond seeing music including yoga, comedy, skateboarding, food, a beer fest, kids' activities and more. With so much to do, it can be easy to get overwhelmed when deciding where to head, so we talked with Treefort Organizer… Read more

This Victorian Perfume Advice Is Still Relevant Today

By Mimi Matthews  In Living  On Mar 21, 2018

In the Victorian era, perfumed products abounded. In addition to perfume, cologne, and toilet water, there were scented soaps, scented pomades, and even scented mouth waters and dentifrices for the teeth. But how much scent could a lady or a gentleman wear without being offensive? It’s a question many of us puzzle over even today. Fortunately for the Victorians, books and articles on proper etiquette offered plenty of advice to guide the unwary. An article in the 1894 edition of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine quotes a… Read more
When in search of that perfect swimsuit, whether aimlessly scrolling through your feed or on a serious Interweb-hunt, this question may pop into your head: “But how would I look in that?” Because of the body images society has carved out for us, we can often feel discouraged from browsing through the intimates section, especially if we don’t identify with the (often photoshopped) bodies featured. But thanks to companies rebranding their campaigns, these societal standards are being reshaped for everybody and every… Read more
Cardi B Gets Candid In Cosmo Cover Story In Cosmopolitan’s April 2018 issue, cover star Cardi B was quick to talk about whose voices are heard the loudest in the #MeToo movement. “A lot of video vixens have spoken about this and nobody gives a fuck,” she told the magazine. “I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, ‘So what? You’re a ho. It don’t matter.’” She also went on to say that famous men who have publicly supported the movement may have ulterior motives. “They’re not… Read more
Corinna Bechko is the first woman to write an Earth One title with Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1. In 2010, DC Comics decided to release the Earth One series, a re-imagining of the origin stories of their most famous superheroes like Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. Our Hal Jordan, AKA Green Lantern, has been re-imagined with a new origin story, and the primary person creating this male superhero is a woman — let that settle in for a moment. Goodbye toxic masculinity, so long female characters who are flat. The… Read more
Dorota Kobiela is one half of the directorial duo behind Loving Vincent, the world's first fully painted feature film. Loving Vincent is an intimate look at the mysterious final years of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, based off a collection of Van Gogh's letters depicting his daily life and mental state. Nominated for Best Animation at the 90th Academy Awards, Kobiela's work with partner Hugh Welshman redefines the boundaries of animation — each of the film's 65,00 frames is an oil painting on canvas, created by 125… Read more
Universal Standard (UniversalStandard.com) has become a favorite brand for many plus-size fashionistas, and for good reason. The online retailer offers chic, well-made pieces in sizes 10 to 28, with prices ranging from $40 to $350. Photo courtesy of Universal Standard. And their new program, Universal Fit Liberty, will only strengthen their fanbase. Universal Standard knows that weight fluctuations are totally normal, and that size changes can create an emotional and financial burden. Photo courtesy of Universal… Read more
Cynthia Nixon Has Announced Her Candidacy for Governor Lifelong New Yorker and activist (and Sex and the City actress) Cynthia Nixon has officially announced her candidacy for governor of New York. She will not accepting corporate contributions, and instead her campaign will be powered by the people. Learn more about Nixon's campaign and support her if you'd like to at ActBlue. Terry Gilliam Is Anti #MeToo Movement Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam deems the #MeToo Movement a mob rule, saying that “they are carrying their… Read more

The Forgotten Mother Of Modern Tarot

By F Yeah History  In Arts  On Mar 19, 2018

Pamela Colman Smith was a gifted artist who had a love for the occult. She illustrated the world's best known tarot cards, as well as books by Bram Stoker and W. B. Yeats, AND she contributed artwork for the women’s suffrage movement. And yet, her works are often overlooked; she even gets omitted from her own tarot. Pamela...WHAT A BABE! A WELL-TRAVELLED LADY Pamela (known as Pixie to her mates) was born in Pimlico in London in 1878. Her family then moved to Manchester before heading to Kingston, Jamaica when she was 10.… Read more
VFX producer Juliet Tierney and skating director and choreographer Sarah Kawahara are two of the major masterminds behind I, Tonya, the Tonya Harding biopic starring Margot Robbie. I was fortunate enough to hop on the phone with the two of them to talk about all the work behind the figure skating routines we see recreated onscreen. Tierney is an award-winning producer and Head of Production at LA/NY effects house EightVFX, and Kawahara is an Emmy award-winner for CBS’s Scott Hamilton: Upside Down and NBC’s Opening… Read more
In 2006, few were concerned about online harassment of women —but Jac sm Kee saw darkness looming on the cyber-horizon. While working at a women’s rights organization that doubled as a domestic violence shelter, Kee saw an increasing number of women reporting harassment through internet communication technologies (ICTs). Concerned, she published a paper with the Association for Progressive Communications, highlighting the intersection between ICTs and violence against women. The paper’s message was clear: Developments… Read more
If Trump’s presidency has done one helpful thing for America, it has inspired better people to run for office at all levels. And one of these better people is certified superhero (and former BUST Sales and Promotions Manager!) Gail Johnson, a candidate running for Gainesville, Florida’s City Commission. Johnson, who lives with her 8-year-old daughter and owns a catering company, was inspired to run for an at-large seat on the commission as a means of speaking up against the Trump administration. “It did not even occur… Read more

These Student Detectives Are Real-Life Nancy Drews

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Mar 19, 2018

Once a week, at the University of Pittsburgh, a group of students pore over the grisly details of homicide cases that are older than the students themselves. These amateur detectives—22 women and 3 men—call themselves Students Conquering Cold Cases. They gather in a classroom at night, plotting out theories on whiteboards while projecting the victims’ neighborhoods via Google Maps onto giant television screens, hoping to help families find closure after the violent deaths of their loved ones. Before joining the club,… Read more
The New York Times’ live performance and speaking series “TimesTalks” most recently featured the glorious Ava DuVernay on the eve of the release of her new film, A Wrinkle In Time. Audience members literally jumped out of their seats as soon as the iconic filmmaker walked on stage for the event. Interviewed by New York Times editor Jazmine Hughes, DuVernay spent the next hour and fifteen minutes talking about her new movies, her life, and what it means to be a black woman in the film industry. Hughes and DuVernay… Read more
My name is Fiona O’Neill. I am an undergraduate majoring in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. The woman in this article, Rose, is my sister. My perspective and overall awareness regarding some of the issues in the women's prison system expanded immensely through her experience. She is my greatest inspiration. She survived her time in prison with resilience and strength because she had the support of my family, yet she still has a lot of psychological damage. Not all women are fortunate enough to have strong,… Read more
Hey Snapchat, Domestic Violence Isn’t Funny In one of the most tone-deaf moves of 2018, Snapchat recently featured a “Would You Rather?” advertisement that asked a disturbing question: Would you rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown? The question was a barely-veiled allusion to the 2009 domestic violence incident in which Brown bit, punched, and choked the famous singer, eventually sending her to the hospital. After their stock fell 5% (and the company faced internet-wide backlash), Snapchat issued an apology for… Read more
She was blamed for the death of 50,000 French soldiers in World War I and has gone down in history as the ultimate femme fatale. Mata Hari’s legacy has been turned into books and documentaries; even the famous starlet Greta Garbo portrayed the infamous dancer, who was convicted of being a German spy during WWI and executed. History has a way of painting women who are sexually and financially independent as a threat to society. Mata Hari’s rich and enticing story is no different. But, what happens when contemporary… Read more

10 New Feminist-Friendly Books To Read This Spring

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Mar 16, 2018

The book review setion from our February/March 2018 issue is right here, bringing you feminist-friendly literature. Read them all here, and check out our spotlight on black feminist writers' memoirs here. From Here To Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good DeathBy Caitlin Doughty(W.W. Norton & Company)We’re all going to die. But Caitlin Doughty wants us to start thinking about what happens after. In the follow-up to her 2014 memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, the death-positive mortician makes it clear that… Read more
Pussy Power House, a new L.A.-based arts group dedicated to presenting “interactive events and experiences by a community of women standing together to promote self-love and personal expression,” has been making waves in L.A. since they began throwing parties last March. Pulsing with music, art, comedy, and live performances, their events follow a new theme each month—like “self-care,” “personal growth,” and “selfishness”—while also providing attendees with opportunities to learn about herbs at a medicine bar, shop… Read more
Women’s magazines—love ‘em or hate ‘em, these publications have been bossing women around for over 300 years. But centuries later, its still hard to tell if they are a harmless form of entertainment or an insidious method for advertisers to undermine the self-esteem of an entire gender in pursuit of profit. And what even is the role of lady mags today in a world now ruled by Instagram? Helping us unpack all this and more on the latest episode of BUST’s Poptarts podcast is Molly Simms, Senior Editor at O: The Oprah… Read more

Week of Women: March 16-22, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On Mar 15, 2018

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us the premiere of Love, Simon; new music from Pussy Riot; and two buzzed-about debut novels. As a reminder, we haven’t read, watched, or listened to everything here, but if we have, we’ll include a link or a note. MOVIES Love, Simon A big-budget teen romance with a gay couple at its center — we need more movies like this. Nick Robinson stars as Simon, with a supporting cast including Katherine Langford and Alexandra Shipp as Simon’s friends and Jennifer Garner and… Read more
Women’s History Month is almost halfway over, but we continue to celebrate with abandon. It’s a time to celebrate contemporary, living, kickass women. The photo series “Change Makers” does just that. Inspired by the spirit of the Women’s March on Washington, these portraits by Jena Cumbo, accompanied by written profiles, feature 33 women leaders of different backgrounds, races, sexualities, ages, and statuses. They’re activists, creators, and standouts in male-dominated fields. Two of the women featured are Jessamyn… Read more
Why Is R. Kelly Immune To #MeToo? BuzzFeed recently published an interview with Jerhonda Pace, one of the women who has come forward about being abused by R. Kelly. Pace is frustrated and hurt by the lack of recognition she and R. Kelly’s other victims have received in the midst of the Me Too movement. Despite multiple allegations of abuse, R. Kelly remains celebrated and relatively unscathed, unlike many of the other people accused of sexual assault and harassment. Tennessee House Won’t Recognize Neo-Nazis As… Read more

"Jessica Jones" Season 2 Seems Tailor Made For 2018 And The #MeToo Movement

By Lindsey B. Anderson  In TV  On Mar 15, 2018

A lot's changed since the first season of Marvel's Jessica Jones aired, in November of 2015. At the time, Harvey Weinstein was wrapping up work on Quentin Tarantino’s latest blood-soaked cinematic spectacle, The Hateful Eight. Brock Turner was awaiting trial, hoping for a lenient judge to serve him a lax sentence. And Hillary Clinton was putting in 12-hour days on the campaign trail, fighting to become the first female president of the United States. Women, in other words, had as much to be angry about then as they do… Read more

The Surprisingly Subversive History Of Beauty Pageants

By BUST Magazine  In Feminism  On Mar 15, 2018

Since the 1960s, feminists have been protesting the sexism of beauty pageants. But others have chosen to subvert these competitions from the inside, entering as a form of activism. On a Saturday morning this past September, Anita Green walked across a stage in a black cocktail dress and pink lipstick to become the first trans woman to compete in the Miss Montana USA pageant — ever.Already well known in Montana as the state’s first trans delegate, Green entered the pageant, in part, as a political statement. “I don’t… Read more
Claire Foy Didn't Get Equal Pay On The Crown Vanity Fair reports that Claire Foy, who plays the Queen of England on a show about the Queen of England, got paid less than Matt Smith, who plays her husband on the same show. Notorious for being one of the most expensive television shows in history, The Crown has a $7 million budget per episode but was only paying Claire Foy an estimated $40,000 per episode. The #NationalSchoolWalkout Is Happening Right Now NPR reports that high school students at least 3,130 schools… Read more
Jessica Jones is “female first in its DNA,” according to Rachael Taylor, AKA Jessica’s best friend Trish, and any show that has female best friends kicking ass and taking names is a fierce feminist dream come true. The second season of Netflix’s hugely popular series Jessica Jones debuted on International Women’s Day, and did I mention that every episode this season has a female director? Yeah, Jessica Jones isn’t scared to be fiercely feminist and truthful about women’s lives. Navigating family, friends, mental… Read more

The Rare Dog Breed That Queen Victoria Loved

By Mimi Matthews  In Entertainment  On Mar 14, 2018

In his 1825 novel, The Talisman, Sir Walter Scott famously refers to the Scottish Deerhound as “a most perfect creature of heaven.” A truly noble and majestic breed, the purebred Scottish or “Scotch” Deerhound was a rarity outside of Scotland throughout much of the 19th century. Those that did reside in England lived under the auspices of Queen Victoria. Early in her reign, she had a favorite Scottish Deerhound named Hector (seen in the above portrait by Landseer). By the 1870s, there were several Scottish Deerhounds… Read more

The Classic Vegan Cookbook "Veganomicon" Gets An Update

By BUST Magazine  In Eat Me  On Mar 14, 2018

Many vegan home cooks have a well-thumbed copy of Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook in their kitchens. First released in 2007, it was written by formerBUST food columnist Isa Chandra Moskowitz and current BUSTfood columnist Terry Hope Romero, and it became an instant classic. In honor of its 10-year anniversary, the pair has released a new edition with some major updates, including 25 new recipes (such as black-eyed butternut tostadas with chipotle pumpkin seed salsa and eggplant and bread crumbs fettuccine) and… Read more

National Geographic Addresses Its Racist Past: Link Roundup

By Emalani Artiss  In Living  On Mar 13, 2018

National Geographic Confronts Its Racist PastAfter 130 years and ten editors, National Geographic is finally confroting its racist history. Current Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg has released an editor's letter about the magazine’s racist past coverage of people of color. Historian John Edwin Mason was hired to examine the magazine's history of coverage of people of color both in the US and abroad. “National Geographic did little to push its readers beyond the stereotypes ingrained in white American culture,” stated… Read more
The new anthology Go Home! — edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, published by Feminist Press in collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and out today — brings together writings by 24 different Asian diasporic writers. In the editor’s note, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan introduces the Japanese word “kaerimasu,” a verb meaning “traveling homeward.” She muses, “There is something so particular about a journey made toward home. The word has a beauty and a comfort to it. But what does it mean to go home?” Next, she… Read more
The G-Motion Rabbit Wand might just be the last sex toy you ever need to buy. Brought to you by EvesToys.com, this double-ended toy is a powerful rabbit vibrator with a separate G-spot massager on one end, and a maximum intensity vibrating wand on the other. Clitoral stimulation is covered three ways with seven-speed rabbit ears, a gently pointed shaft tip, and the forceful magic wand stimulator. Meanwhile, the independently controlled G-spot massager at the shaft tip mimics a gentle up-and-down fingertip motion in… Read more
Actress and singer Mandy Gonzalez’s voice is spectacular. I was fortunate enough to jump on the phone with her one recent Thursday afternoon as she got ready for her performance in Hamilton on Broadway, in which she plays Angelica Schuyler. Before our call, we met at her CD signing at Barnes & Noble in New York City’s Upper East Side. Mandy Gonzalez epitomizes the working actor, one who has embraced the unpredictable business she’s built her life around. She’s worked actively in television and film and has replaced… Read more